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No More 'Shamu' Shows for SeaWorld, Ceases Orca Breeding

March 18
2:49 AM 2016

SeaWorld recently announced that there will be no more theatrical killer whale shows at its San Diego flagship park.  Instead, it will be replaced with an orca exhibit that provides education about the mammal.

Having a joint statement with the Humane Society of the United States, SeaWorld officially carry out to end these kinds of show at all parks and to cease the practice of breeding the whales. Orcas already at the SeaWorld parks will have to live there with the rest of their lives and will be the last of the captive whales, says the Consumerist.

SeaWorld theme parks have dealt with declining attendance and criticism due to the treatment of orcas in the aftermath of the 2013 documentary 'Blackfish'. The documentary harshly criticized SeaWorld as untruthful and deceiving and delving to the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, who was pulled underwater getting her drowned by an orca named Tilikum. The said Orca weighs 12,000 lbs. and 22-foot long and suffers from an incurable lung infection, according to Mail Online.

California regulators previously agreed to SeaWorld's expansion of the orca's range at SeaWorld San Diego provided that company will end captive breeding and transferring new killer whales to the park. Some activists asked the theme park to release the captive mammals in the wild; however, SeaWorld said that the animals born and raised in captivity will likely perish when released in the ocean and fend for their own.

It was in 1985 when the first killer whale was born in a SeaWorld park.  From then on, 30 more have been born in the parks, Reuters reported.

SeaWorld which draw about 20 million visitors annually states that the park will introduce a natural orca show to replace the theatrical performances and focus on exercise and the animal's health. The transition will take effect next year in San Diego and its other theme parks by 2019.

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